In 1962 Seán Ó Sé recorded An Poc ar Buile with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann. It proved a huge success and resulted in seven wonderful years working with Seán Ó Riada and over sixty years of singing. His singing had taken off in 1959 when he won the traditional singing competition in Feis na Mumhan and then with 'An Poc ar Buile'. It brought him to faraway places he could never have imagined growing up in Ballylickey. Born in 1936, Seán grew up in West Cork not far from where his parents taught at Coomhoola Boys School near Bantry. Seán had to wait until 1946 to taste his first orange and banana. In 1949 he went to Coláiste Íosagáin in Ballyvourney and was on his way to a career in teaching. 1953 saw him arrive in St Patrick's Teacher Training College in Dublin and in 1955 he started teaching in Baltinglass, County Wicklow. After the sudden death of his father the same year he returned to Cork to teach in Bandon, and later in Gurranabraher. In 1980 he became Principal in Knocknaheeny and remained there until he retired in 1993. The memoir also recounts Seán meeting his beloved Eileen, their family life, and Seán s struggle with cancer.

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